I am a 37-year-old woman who moved from the Netherlands to the Chicago area in January 2013, together with my husband, two sons and two dogs.

I started as a stay-at-home-mom, but when my youngest went to Kindergarten I started working as a substitute teacher.

I used to be a teacher and counselor in the Netherlands, specialized in giftedness and autism. I am currently a substitute teacher and I am writing my first book.

I volunteer weekly at my favorite senior in the whole wide world, I am doing research for other books that I still have in my mind, write blogs and I am trying to figure out how to deal with my recently diagnosed Rheumatoid Arthritis.

We have a petting zoo at home, consisting of: our 3 muttketeers, a bearded dragon, a bunny, 2 guinea pigs and a hedgehog. Most of them are rescues.

I basically try to help as many people as possible, without losing myself. That's why I've also made a new FB page, called: 'Share love all over the world'.

I mainly focus on teaching, giftedness, learning more about the US, topics related to being Dutch in the US, traveling and everything that makes me wonder on a daily basis.

If you would like to contact me about something, please don't hesitate and do so at dutchalienlandsintheus@gmail.com

I am currently looking for people I can interview for my series 'Meet Chicagoland's Immigrants'. If you or someone you know would like to participate in my series, please e-mail me at dutchalienlandsintheus@gmail.com